Working together - achieving success together
In the 'Manufacturing IT Future Lab' companies have direct access to the know-how of scientists and developers. And more than that: they control developments and thus actively influence the direction of the networked factory of the future in the long term. This is how new data-based services are created around the companies' current products and future-oriented business models. For a partner company, working in an IOSB 'Enterprise Lab' means that the employees involved quickly build up new knowledge from current R&D projects and creatively think their previous products, processes and services in new directions - away from day-to-day business but with the concrete background of their own market.
Creative minds in a team
Having good ideas alone is not enough - an innovation is only created when a saleable product or service offered meets a market. The team of practitioners, scientists and developers creates market-ready new products and services. This is how concrete and calculable benefits are created for the company in the 'Enterprise Lab'. In doing so, the team uses the infrastructure of the research factory, which is already set up or will be set up especially for the 'Lab'. Specifications, implementations, tests and improvements take place directly in the practical infrastructure, so that ideas can be implemented quickly and efficiently and feedback loops remain short.
Manufacturing IT Future Lab
If Industry 4.0 is to become a reality, an open and at the same time secure manufacturing IT level in the IT architecture of companies is the hub for data-related services and new applications such as apps. For this reason, employees of the company, so-called embedded scientists, and employees of the research factory work in a special lab in this lab with the aim of developing new, production-related IT technologies and components. The team works out the development goal together and structures the project into meaningful sub-projects. The company employees are given a workplace in the research factory, but can also work on defined project tasks at their 'home workplace' in the company. In this way they also act as know-how multipliers at their headquarters. For each Manufacturing IT Future Lab, a Steering Committee ensures that the strategic direction is right, that the goals are met on time over the two or three-year term of the lab and that resources are available. The Steering Committee is made up of company executives and department heads from the participating institutes of the research factory.